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Implement Alley Discussion Forum

McCormick-Deering sickle knife sharpening tool

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farmerjohn

05-06-2004 20:49:41
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I just paid $20 for what I am sure is a tool to sharpen knife sections on a cutter bar, but am not sure exactly how it is to be used. Made by McCormick-Deering, it has a crank which turn several cogs which turn a vee-shaped grindstone, and it has two setting-one to be stationary and one in which the grindstone moves up and down as it turns. The base appears to get clamped onto something, like the sickle bar maybe, but I tried it on my mower and there is no way to sharpen the knives in place as the knife guards prevent the stone from reaching the knives. Does anyone know how this works, are they rare? I never saw one before. I don't really plan on using it, got it more for a collector item, but would like to know how it works.

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t4mike

05-11-2004 08:16:02
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 Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife sharpening tool in reply to farmerjohn, 05-06-2004 20:49:41  
fyi, i put some photos of some sickle grinders on the implement photo page.



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havvey

05-08-2004 03:28:46
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 Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife sharpening tool in reply to farmerjohn, 05-06-2004 20:49:41  
i too have on good antique $20 seems to be the price but with ebay and all ill bet there worth a fortune. broken wrench summed it up nicely.



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Brokenwrench

05-07-2004 03:40:16
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 Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife sharpening tool in reply to farmerjohn, 05-06-2004 20:49:41  
It is made to sharpen sickle bar knives. You have to remove the knife from the mower. The grinder attaches to your work bench,sit the knife in it,grind 2 sections at a time, move down do 2 more,and so on.In it's day,it was probably better than sliced bread to farmers that had been sharpening knife sections with a file.



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Hugh MacKay

05-09-2004 13:10:03
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 Re: Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife sharpening in reply to Brokenwrench, 05-07-2004 03:40:16  
Ours sat in the shed for years and was never used. We sharpened at least 2 - 9 foot bars per day with 2" square carburendum about 15" long with a wooden handle. It is faster and will put a better edge on the kinves. Just clamp cutter in vise and go at it, you just have to move it every two feet. With the grinder you move it every knife. In my opinion the only value those ever had was as a collectable.

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JIM

05-07-2004 09:39:41
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 Re: Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife sharpening in reply to Brokenwrench, 05-07-2004 03:40:16  
IT SHOULD CLAMP TO WHEEL OF MOWER



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t4mike

05-07-2004 10:10:10
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 Re: Re: Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife sharpen in reply to JIM, 05-07-2004 09:39:41  
jim means it clamps on the steel wheel of the mower, of course horse drawn ones early on, the grinders where available up into the 50s. md ones are quite common, the harder ones to find are deering, champion, plano, osborne, webster and the toughest one to find i think is milwaukee. i have about a dozen different ones, but not a milwaukee. there are a few grinder collectors out there.



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Old Iron

05-08-2004 08:05:22
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife sha in reply to t4mike, 05-07-2004 10:10:10  
Do you have a source for new stones? I have some that are getting worn out.

Old Iron



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t4mike

05-09-2004 11:53:54
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife in reply to Old Iron, 05-08-2004 08:05:22  
no source except flea and swap meets. sections got so cheap and time so precious it went to changing sections as to sharpening them. stone market dried up.



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Joel Harman

05-08-2004 06:28:22
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: McCormick-Deering sickle knife sha in reply to t4mike, 05-07-2004 10:10:10  
& to think I went to rubber on my #9 3 yr ago.
thanks for enlightening me. Guess I'll have to put on bench instead



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